As the newest Disney theme park, Disney Sea opened on September 4, 2001 adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland. The park is loosely themed around the sea and waterfront locations, which is appropriate considering is sits on Tokyo Harbor. The park consists of seven themed areas:
- Mediterranean Harbor
- American Waterfront
- Lost River Delta
- Port Discovery
- Mermaid Lagoon
- Arabian Coast
- Mysterious Island
Just like all other Disney themeparks, it contains a few rollercoaster rides, many kiddie rides, and lots of souvenir shops and restaurants.
My wife and I visited on a Saturday in November (my wife worked hard to convince me to go), and it was absolutely packed. All of the good rides had at least an hour wait. Even the popcorn stalls had long queues! After killing our legs waiting in a couple of long lines, we decided it would be much more pleasant just to walk around. The park is pretty impressive overall, and it looked particularly cheerful all dressed up for Christmas. We finished the night by watching the fireworks show from aboard their fake cruise ship. Very romantic actually.
Disney Sea is awesome. I went having had 5 hours sleep the night before, with a hangover and hyped up on ice tea, coffee and a gatorade type drink. This was one of the best days of my life, spent with my hsband and sister. Disney Sea is cool because it has the newer rides and not as many kids and Disney Land is much more geared towards children. The shows were really cool, especially Legends of Mythica, absolutely amazing.
You have to be organised though! My sister who lived in Tokyo for a little while has been many times so knew the ropes. You have to get the fast passes and plan your rides and shows with where you'll be at what time, look at your map etc etc, but it pays to be organised when you have a fast pass and are walking past hundreds of people in the fast lane queue! No matter how excited you are when you first get there take some time to read the map and the tips before you start.
I don't know what else to say except from my perspective it was a great day. We went early July on a Thursday and it wasn't too busy. I was just so excited about everything and with 2 people i love, the weather was good, no massive queues...I loved it :)
You have to allocate 1 whole day for either DisneySea or Disneyland so that your schedule will not be too hectic. We chose to go DisneySea because it can only be found in Japan. We started our journey with a ride on the Mickey Mouse monorail...then we watched a jazz performance - "Big Band Beat" at their theatre. Afterwhich, took up some of their rides and went around taking photos.
Do take note of the different schedules of the show times.. At night, don't miss "BraviSEAmo!"- Spectacular effects of musical fountains and fiery effects creating a dramatic tale of a graceful "spirit of water" and powerful"spirit of fire".
There are many great souvenir shops around and all the things are so "kawaii" (cute and nice) that you will be tempted to buy many things from the shop!! End the night with firework display (Not really very spectacular and many locals actually left berfore the fireworks)
TDL is for all young and young at heart. Most of the rides are those non-heartstopping kind. I was told TDS (DisneySea) has more "adult" rides, and also it is the only Disney location that serves alcohol!
For all first timers, Disneyland is a MUST, especially if you have children. Remember to bring along a book or walkman to entertain yourself whilst queueing - sometimes it takes up to 2 hours for popular rides. For those with kids, bring plenty of sweets/ tid-bits and water.
Get your Fast Pass for BUZZ LIGHTYEAR (a new attraction since Apr'04), and POOH'S HONEY HUNT.
Other recommended attractions are Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World (this is very fun!).
TDL opens at 8.30 am. We were there at 9am on a normal weekday (Thu) and the place was already crowded! We stayed and did our last attraction (Sleeping Beauty castle) at 9.45pm, just before they close for the day.
No matter whether you are children or adult, Disneyland is a fantastic place to spend a day. With the newly opened DISNEYSEA, you can enjoy the fun till night!
This must be the Disney characters & Mickey Mouse! & the Disney Parade
I was lucky to visit 5 attractions in November of 1993 when was on business in Tokyo. It was a 10th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland.
Tokyo Disneyland is a 465,000 m² theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort, located near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. It was the first Disney park to be built outside of the United States and opened on April 15, 1983.
The park was constructed by Walt Disney Imagineering in the same style as Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. It is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not owned by The Walt Disney Company.
There are seven themed areas in the park: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrow land; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown.
Disney are for everybody and most of all children looves it very much otherwise to those who fancy the Disney characters, the Japanese Disney is also a catch! Disney Sea looks like a Europe in a one place, decorated with great architectures that the place would rather and looks really great, they have this artificial volcano in the center of the area. There they have the Italy, Holland and so on...In the other hand Disneyland too is a dream come true to all the childrens and even to everybody...
[Comment on 2004] The one and only Disney in this continental. When we visit Japan, this is the place that we can not miss by any reason. This theme park is suit for all of travellers, from kid to adult.
I spent only one day and it's not enough. There is a ticket for 2 days, maybe next time I will buy this ticket.
Don't forget to wait until the evening parade, it's worth the waiting.
[Comment on 2006] It is not the only one in Asia. But, it's still not miss because there is more rides than Hong Kong Disneyland. I went on Thursday but still crowded. Use "fast pass" for reduce your waiting time and can help you to play more rides.
My family just got back from visiting Tokyo's Disney Resort in January 2004. I highly recommend you go if you are going to be in Japan for a while.
First, DisneySea: The Temple of the Crystal Skull was exciting, but lots of tight turns and bumps that the 5 year old did not enjoy. We all loved the Journey to the Centre of the Earth (went on it twice). We also recommend Sinbad's 7 Voyages and the Magic Lamp Theatre (Japanese, but still fun). Mermaid Lagoon is very cool and we enjoyed Founder's Flying Fish Coaster and even Scuttle's Scooters. The Whirlpool was fun if you like getting spun around maniacally, but the Jumping Jellyfish was a bit of a yawn (okay for the view only). Don't miss Ariel's Playground with interactive entertainment. The Stormrider is okay and Aquatopia amusing, but I would say that 20,000 Leagues is not worth the wait (and we didn't wait more than 5 minutes). The whole site is amazing. Fortress Explorations is intelligent and educational and the cannons are fun to blast at the passing ships. It is very attractively laid out. Bring lots of film.
Disneyland: Very much like the original in Anaheim, with a few variations. Here are a few must sees: Haunted Mansion (went 4 times), Splash Mountain (check out your photo at the end), Big Thunder Mountain (worth the wait), Pooh's Honey Hunt (a pleasant surprise), Snow White's Adventures (silly fun), Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (fun house type ride), Gadget's Go Coaster (thrilling, but short), Cinderella Castle Mystery tour (in Japanese, but curious). There is still lots more to do of course, but most won't have enough time. Even with the minimal line ups we barely had time to check out the shops, and didn't see everything. Some rides were closed for updates too. If I had the opportunity, I would love to go again sometime.
Was cleaning out my cupboards and looking at old photo albums. Found the ticket stub of Tokyo Disneyland dated Dec 1996! At that time, this was my first Disneyland and I was very young. My old photos showed that I had tons of fun.
After that, the Gold Coast, Australia theme parks and and Los Angeles Disney plus Universal Studios came my way, and by the time I reached Orlando, Florida I had theme park overdose!
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